Top 5 fitness trackers of 2016
Today’s fitness band market is stuffed with compelling devices, most of which can do a pretty good job at the basics of tracking. But frankly, we’re only concerned with the best, and you should be too.
While the whole world is obsessed with smartphones, apps and innovations that come with them, one thing you can’t deny – it’s not convenient at all to run with a phone in your hand, constantly checking pulse measure, distance you’ve ran and other data that some apps can collect for you.
But there is much more convenient way, and it’s called fitness tracker. It’s a perfect way to keep your activity in check with a precise accuracy. It’s like as if you always have an electronic finger on your pulse, measuring your vitals.
But the market is overwhelmed with different devices, which mostly look just like each other and do almost the same things, and do it good. So how to chose the best one?
Here, we’ll showcase the best devices out there, and explain how they rank against each other in terms of stand-out features, price, design and the quality of their companion software – all of which are worth considering when monitoring something as important as your health.
Here are 5 most popular fitness trackers on the market for your consideration:
1. Fitbit Charge 2
This fitness tracker device comes in 3 sizes; has OLED display, Bluetooth 4.0 connection; compatible with Android and iOs. Battery charge lasts 5 days. Quite big screen, no GPS.
This is the apex of fitness trackers that you can buy today. Yes, it’s a little bit pricy than other candidates in our list, but it certainly your best buddy for jogging, and it cost less than your usual running watch.
It connects with the GPS on your phone, has a large screen to display your data, a heart rate tracker and new fitness features we’ve only previously seen on the Fitbit Blaze.
2. Samsung Gear Fit 2
The “fittest” of all Samsung fitness trackers. 11.2×24.5mm in size; 1.5-inch AMOLED display; compatible with Android; Battery charge lasts 3-4 days. Has Bluetooth 4.0 connection and GPS. Best value for price, but no iOS support.
Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 has made hefty changes to its wearable line both inside and out and the result is an Android-friendly device that does a whole lot for your money.
It has a gorgeous design, a big display and doesn’t cost all that much money compared to some other fitness trackers. The only problem is it won’t work with your iPhone or Windows device, you’ll need to have an Android to use the Gear Fit 2.
3. Microsoft Band 2
Your best partner for gym workouts, running and riding a bike. Size is 12.8x32mm, AMOLED display; compatible with Android, iOS, Windows; Battery – 2 days; Bluetooth 4.0 connection. More expensive than other models.
It has better display, more comfortable and has better looks than the first model. Inside are 11 sensors (including the new one: a barometer to measure altitude and track stairs and hills climbed, plus an accurate optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, microphone and a galvanic skin response sensor).
With this guy you can do whatever you want – run, workout in gym, ride a bike, play different kind of sports as well as count your steps and track sleep. While the battery life-span could do much better than just 2 days (even without abusing GPS), the charge process is fast – up to 80% in 30 minutes. Apart from the Fitbit Surge, it’s more powerful than everything else here put together.
4. Fitbit Flex 2
Another Fitbit product, and it’s version 2. Comes in 2 sizes; no display; compatible with Android and iOS, Bluetooth 4.0 connection; battery lasts for 5 days. It’s comfortable and light, but battery-span is not the best and it’s very slow to charge.
Looking for a simple fitness tracker to take note of your steps on a day-to-day basis?
The Fitbit Flex 2 is the best choice for you and ranks at number four in our best fitness tracker list.
You’ll get a comfortable and light device, but the battery life isn’t fantastic. It is water resistant though, meaning you’ll be able to go swimming with the Flex 2 and track how well your dip in the pool has gone.
If you’re after a waterproof and low price Fitbit, you should go for the Flex 2. Most retailers have dropped the price slightly for Christmas too, so it may be worth picking up in time for the New Years resolution.
5. Jawbone UP3
Sleek design and interesting features. Quite big – 220×12.2×9.3mm. No display; compatible with Android and iOS; Battery span – 7 days; connectible through Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
When it comes to fitness tracker style, not many players are on the same level as Jawbone. The UP3 may have shifted how the UP bands connect to your wrist, but it still manages to exude the same Yves Behar flair of its predecessors.
Additionally, the fact Jawbone has managed to cram so many sensors into the body of the UP3, while somehow maintaining almost a week’s worth of battery life is to be commended.